Summary: S.3264 — 93rd Congress (1973-1974)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (03/28/1974)

District of Columbia Election Finance and Conflict of Interest Act - Defines the terms used in this Act.

Establishes within the Government of the District of Columbia a committee to be known as the District of Columbia Elections and Ethics Commission Nominating Committee whose function is nominating individuals for appointment as members of the District of Columbia Elections and Ethics Commission.

Declares that no person may be appointed as a member of the Committee unless he or she (1) is a citizen of the United States, and (2) is a resident of the District of Columbia and has maintained his or her domicile within the District for at least one year immediately preceding the date of his or her appointment, and (3) is not a member of the Council of the District of Columbia or an officer or employee of the Government of the District of Columbia (including the judicial branch).

Provides that the Committee shall be composed of five members: one member shall be the Comptroller General of the United States, or his designee; two members shall be appointed by the Mayor, at least one of whom shall be a lawyer; and two members shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia with the approval of the Council.

States that members of the Committee shall be appointed not later than June 30, 1975.

Establishes as an independent agency of the District of Columbia a Commission to be known as the District of Columbia Elections and Ethics Commission, consisting of seven members serving for terms of six years each. Provides that the members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council of the District of Columbia except for those members of the Commission first appointed after the enactment of this Act.

States that of the members first appointed, three shall be appointed by the Commissioner of the District of Columbia, three shall be appointed by the Chiarman of the Council of the District of Columbia, with the approval of the Council, and one shall be appointed by the Comptroller General.

Requires the Commission to meet at least monthly during any calendar year in which there is an election and at least quarterly in nonelection years.

Requires the Commission to file reports concerning its activities.

Enumerates the powers and duties of the Commission.

Declares that the Commission shall be the primary civil and criminal enforcement agency for violations of the provisions of this Act and the District of Columbia Election Act. Provides civil and criminal penalties for violation of the provisions of this Act or of the District of Columbia Election Act.

Establishes reporting procedures for the election process.

Establishes financial disclosure requirements for candidates and public officials (including elected and certain appointed officials of the District Government).

Requires each candidate to designate one political committee as his or her central campaign committee and defines the role of this committee.

Establishes limits on contributions by an individual to a candidate and a limit on total political contributions by an individual during a calendar year.

Limits campaign expenditures of a candidate, including the amount a candidate or his or her family may make from personal funds, and the amount a person may expend on behalf of a candidate.

Limits cash contributions to $20 and requires candidates and political committees to report cash contributions weekly to the Commission.

Requires that expenditures must be made by check or money order, other than petty cash expenditures not in excess of $50.

Declares that elective and public office is a public trust and that any effort to realize personal gain through official conduct is a violation of that trust, and sets forth actions which must be taken in potential conflict-of-interest situations.

Authorizes to be appropriated to the District of Columbia such sums as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act.